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Quite an exhilarating evening at TD Garden last night. I got to watch the Celtics rout the Lakers, see some of the best Celtics basketball of the season and was there to see Kevin Maurice Garnett score his 25,000th career point. After the game, KG reiterated his comments made earlier in the week about finishing his career in green. Via Gary Dzen of the Globe:
Kevin Garnett ended his postgame press conference Thursday night with an unprompted message to reporters that he’d like to stay in Boston.
“I just want to say that I love my situation here,” said Garnett. “I don’t know what all your sources are, or whoever’s making up this [expletive] articles about me getting traded to Denver and all these other places.
“But I bleed green, and I will continue to do that. And if it’s up to me I’m going to retire a Celtic.”
And thankfully, due to his no-trade clause, it is very much up to KG. Some fans have cried “trade him now while he still has value..”. While others, like myself, see absolutely no reason to trade the heart and soul of this team-especially when his play continues to be so solid.
KG was also asked about the recent win-streak, and why the Celtics have been playing better without Rajon Rondo. And in classic KG style, he used a great analogy:
Garnett scored his 25,000th NBA point in the second quarter of Thursday night’s game. He said his daughter was in attendance (“Thank you for snow days”), a rare occasion, and he thanked every coach and teammate who had helped him along the way. While in a reflective mood, Garnett went back to a familiar metaphor — cooking — to explain why the Celtics might be playing better in the absence of Rajon Rondo.
“Rondo does so many different great things for this team,” said Garnett. “You can kind of get lackadaisical. It’s very similar to when you have someone cooking for you, and you’re expecting that every day. But as soon as you start to feed yourself, all of a sudden you start making these gourmet dishes. You start having more people to the house. And you never know you really possessed that. It’s kind of like that.”
So there it is. Thank you Kevin Garnett for breaking it down as only you can. The Celtics’ recent “gourmet cooking” has them three games above .500, and now as the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Dessert anyone?
video via Trags
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Rondo’s agent says he may return sooner than expected | ESPN Boston: Notebook-Dancing Days | Herald: Kobe admires C’s hard play | Globe: After win over Lakers Celtics need to decide who they want to be